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Phillips 66 and other benefactors combine to help us add SCTU capability

Trinitas Regional Medical Center has introduced a new, high-tech specialty ambulance thanks to combined funding support led by the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery. The new vehicle will serve as the medical center's first Specialty Care Transport Unit (SCTU). Designed to augment Trinitas' current transport capabilities, the SCTU will provide a higher level of transport for patients who need to be accompanied by a Registered Nurse, who is also a paramedic.

As Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and CEO of Trinitas explains, "The SCTU will be used for critical care patients who are being transferred to the Trinitas Cardiac Cauterization Lab from neighboring hospitals, or for dialysis patients who may need a ventilator while they are being transported for treatments. When paramedics and registered nurses are not committed to specialty transport activities, they can be effectively deployed to respond to 911 calls in Elizabeth, and function as a Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) response team. The SCTU complements and strengthens our existing MICU as a vital new service for our community."

Wakefern Food Corporation (ShopRite), the Gertrude L. Hirsch Charitable Trust, and the Paragano Family Foundation, were additional benefactors who made the purchase of the new vehicle possible. The Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery received Trinitas Health Foundation's Celebrating Philanthropy Award at the Foundation's 2014 Gala. "Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery recognizes the importance of safety and community preparedness," states Darren Cunningham, Refinery Manager. "This specialized ambulance is an example of taking action to be prepared for emergency situations. We are proud to be able to support its purchase, and we are very pleased to hear it is already in service and helping those in our surrounding communities."

Nadine Brechner, Vice President Trinitas Health Foundation and Chief Development Officer, salutes those who provided this grant funding. "This is an excellent example of how we simply couldn’t do it without the help of generous benefactors who think so highly of Trinitas. They help us continually enhance our ability to respond to the healthcare needs of our community."


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: March 20, 2015

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